Answering those interview questions made me think about the old days so I looked through my albums and found some photos from 1991 and 1992. Remember when photos were on film and you had to wait a whole week to get them developed? No? Just me, huh?
This was my mom's and I first doll show. I believe it was held at a Ramada Inn. We didn't know what we were doing or how to display, so we went all artistic and drapey, lol.
Look at the drama. We had beads and little flower arrangements about. We put tissue and shoe boxes underneath the sheets so we could have different depths. How avant garde of us!
We thought we were soooo clever. However, throughout the day, the other vendors made a point of stopping by our table and making subtle, yet catty remarks about our "over the top" display. Whatever! In their faces, because we made back our vendor fee and then some, so smoke that!
By the next year we were also doing malls and flea markets. We had also streamlined our display. I made hinged collapsible shelves that were 3 tiered and I cut out all the mannequins from old Fed Ex boxes. Even back then I had a tendency to go overboard, lol.
Look at that awesome color coded arrangement! The baskets were filled with undies, purses, hats and jewelry. My mom did all the sewing and I made the jewelry. I still have some of the jewelry but I don't think my dolls of today would find it all fashionable and they might give me the side eye if I tried to put it on them.
By the end of that year my mom was totally over doll fashions and had moved on to something else. C'est la vie. We gave away a few of the dolls and clothes, but I decided to keep the bulk of it. My mom asked me why I wanted to have it and I said I didn't know, just that I wanted to. I'm sure I kept all the stuff for selfish reasons, because I'm that type of person, lol, but now, I'm glad I did.